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DIY tops and hand-painted denim: Cy-Hawk gameday styles

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Daniel Jacobi II
An Iowa State fan dances to the song ‘Juicy Wiggle’ by Redfoo, after Iowa State scored its first touchdown of the day during the fourth quarter of the Iowa Corn Cy-Hawk Series football game against Iowa on Saturday, Sept. 9, 2023, at Jack Trice Stadium in Ames, Iowa.

Gamedays always bring excitement. The night before may bring a feeling of anxiety for some students. Individuals search through their closets, and clothing piles up on the floor, leaving them with the task of deciding what to wear to the game tomorrow.

Over the years, Iowa State football games have become somewhat of a fashion show. Feeling your best in what you wear is essential for days jam-packed with tailgates, heat waves, cold fronts, and endless trips up the stairs of Jack Trice Stadium.

The Cy-Hawk game is one of Ames’ biggest days of the year. Gameday would not be the same without fun outfits, and people go all out for the Cy-Hawk game. From DIY shirts and dresses to cardinal and gold Nike Dunks, this year’s Cy-Hawk game outfits were notable.

DIY clothing is ideal for people who want to be unique and creative. These styles are also affordable for college students who may not want to buy a brand-new garment. One popular look from Saturday was a DIY halter top. This is made from a t-shirt cut to make it look like a halter tank top. It ties around your neck and back and doesn’t need any sewing. This top is perfect for hot days and many were worn on Saturday’s game. Here are a few examples of how to make a DIY tank tops:

Another trendy gameday attire gaining popularity is the tube top. While tube tops themselves aren’t a recent fashion, people have started to explore their creativity by crafting them at home. Crafting your own tube top is a customizable task, often involving repurposing t-shirts by cutting them into smaller tops.

A look that has risen recently is dresses made out of oversized t-shirts. Wearing a dress to a football game in Iowa might seem odd, but these t-shirt dresses are casual and comfortable. This new trend might look like a chore to make, but a quick YouTube or TikTok video will teach you in minutes. Here are two examples to help with making a DIY dress:

Finally, hand-painted denim is a timeless trend for a fun gameday look. Painting cardinal and gold designs on an old pair of blue jeans can turn your outfit into a gameday look you will never forget. From painted football Cyclone logos to splatters of paint, Iowa State football fans looked incredible in their crafty pants. Some went with a fun top to complete the look or just a plain top to let the denim have its time in the spotlight. 

Finding affordable fashion these days can be a struggle, but students at Iowa State University showed their school spirit this past Saturday with DIY tank tops, dresses, denim and more.

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